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This procedure is done to return a broken bone to its proper alignment. A closed fracture reduction involves setting the bone without cutting into the skin.
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Fracture reduction is done for the following reasons:
- So that the bone can heal properly and more quickly
- To decrease pain and prevent later deformity
- To regain use of the bone and limb
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a fracture reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Nerve damage
- Fat particles from the bone marrow or blood clots from veins that can dislodge and travel to the lungs
- Need for surgery if the bone does not heal properly
- Reaction to anesthesia
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Advanced age
- An open fracture (broken bone is sticking out of skin)
- Pre-existing medical condition
- Use of steroid medicine
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
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